Although lightly built, the vizsla is sleek, muscular, and medium-sized, with a beautiful straight, short, rusty golden colored coat. While out hunting, the vizslas’ thick coat protects them from the weather. Some vizslas have little white markings on their feet and chest. Their average weight is anywhere from forty to sixty pounds and their height is up to twenty-six inches at the withers. The vizsla is a graceful, fast dog with a high endurance level. Their gait is light and smooth so they are able to cover a lot of ground quickly.
Temperament of a Vizsla
Lively, highly affectionate, and loyal, vizslas are excellent family dogs that form strong close bonds with their human family. They are gentle mannered, caring, very quiet dogs, only barking when provoked or necessary. Even with its high obedience level and learning rate, they are sometimes a little stubborn. This breed is extremely athletic and energetic so require sufficient daily exercise to keep them from becoming neurotic or destructive. They do require early socialization and firm but patient obedience training as they could become difficult to control and handle if left untrained. A vizsla is not the dog for people who want a calm pet. Vizslas do require mental stimulation, such as playing, and strenuous activity daily to keep them happy.
Grooming & Shedding of a Vizsla
Keeping the vizslas’ shorthaired, smooth coat in peak condition is extremely easy, as their coat only requires minimal care, such as the occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush. You should only give the vizsla a dry shampoo or bath using mild soap when necessary. Vizslas are average shedders. Check their ears regularly and keep their nails trimmed.
History of the Vizsla
A Hungarian hunting dog, the vizsla most likely descended from two ancient dog breeds, the Turkish yellow dog, which is extinct, and the Transylvanian hound. Although dating back to the Middle Ages, warlords and barons in the eighteenth century discovered the Vizsla and sought it out. After World War 1, the vizsla was almost extinct but they did find a few good specimens, which they bred to repopulate the vizsla. It was not until after World War II that there was vizsla bred outside of Hungary. Because of the Russian occupation, Hungarians fled with their vizsla, which they considered their companion pets/hunting dogs. In the United States, the vizsla began appearing in the 1950s and in the American Kennel Club recognized the vizsla in 1960.